Gotta save that Harper money!
Pending a physical, the Washington Nationals are bringing back veteran utility man Howie Kendrick, who the team acquired at the trade deadline last year from Philadelphia, on a two-year, $7 million deal.
This could very well be the last year the Nationals have Bryce Harper roaming right field, and while they haven't made a ton of blockbuster deals, they brought back just about everyone from last year, including midseason acquisition Kendrick, who definitely paid off in spades.
While they could possibly use another pitcher, the Nationals are saying this could be the last free agent signing they complete before teams report to Spring Training, which is somehow less than a month away.
There have been rumors this winter that Washington has interest in free agent right-hander Jake Arrieta, but unless his price tag drops, the Nationals seem content with their current group heading into the 2018 season, which is of course already quite good.
However, Nats owner Ted Lerner has a good working relationship with Arrieta's agent Scott Boras, so you can never officially count them out.